International delegation returns without a response on İmralı visit

The 11-person international delegation that has been on a three-day visit to Turkey to make efforts for the re-initiation of peace talks has returned without getting a response for their demand to visit Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı prison.

The delegation led by South African Leader Nelson Mandela’s lawyer Judge Essa Moosa conveyed to the Ministry of Justice their request for a meeting Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı, but wasn’t answered.

Yesterday, members of the delegation today held a press conference in Istanbul where they voiced disappointment over the Justice Ministry’s abstinence from any effort to have a talk with their side.

Regarding the delegation’s demand to visit Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı Prison, Moosa said they had already applied to the Ministry of Justice for a meeting with Öcalan who plays a major role in peace process, but the Ministry said they haven’t received the letter yet.

The delegation therewith sent another letter to the Ministry yesterday. Still, they received no response to the application conveyed by their side on 30 January, upon which they have ended the visit and left Istanbul last night. The delegation had reiterated their request for İmralı visit on 3, 5 and 13 February.


Source: Firat News Agency

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